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Warburton became the first to agree a deal with the Welsh Rugby Union that will keep him playing for the Cardiff Blues

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The last two results have not been good enough and the pressure is growing

Michael Hooper is tackled by Tom Youngs at Twickenham

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Michael Hooper retains his place at No 7 with David Pocock out

Brian Smith: Deans is feeling heat as he tries to lift depleted Wallabies

Coach’s view: The line-out will be a serious contest... Expect plenty of fun and games

International rugby star dies aged 29

Former Fiji and Toulouse wing Maleli Kunavore died in hospital last night, the Fiji Rugby Union announced today.

Wales captain Sam Warburton lifts the RBS 6 Nations trophy

Sam Warburton left out of Wales team for Samoa clash

Warburton, Wales' World Cup leader in New Zealand last autumn and a Grand Slam-winning Six Nations skipper, is on the bench

The getaway: Sarries’ Chris Ashton gives London Irish the runaround

Chris Ashton could be banned for autumn England internationals

Chris Ashton is in danger of being banned from the start of England's QBE autumn international series after he was called to appear at a disciplinary hearing in London tonight. 

BT Sports buys live football rights

BT has boosted its new sports channel ahead of launch next summer by snapping up rights to live football matches from Italy, France, Brazil and the US.

The England prop Dan Cole’s battle with his Wales counterpart Adam Jones will be key to deciding tomorrow’s result

Heineken Cup: Leicester need to ruffle Ospreys' feathers amid chill economic winds

It should be one of the premium games of the Heineken Cup pool stage: Leicester, two-time European champions desperate to revisit past glories, against Ospreys, dangerous underachievers who have an unerring knack of getting on the Midlanders' nerves.

Steffon Armitage will miss out

England coach Stuart Lancaster reiterates France-based player policy

England coach Stuart Lancaster has reinforced his selection policy over France-based players and made it clear that Steffon Armitage is not in line to be recalled for the QBE autumn internationals.

Robbie Keane and Giovanni Trapattoni

Robbie Keane offers backing to under pressure Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni

Robbie Keane planted himself firmly in Giovanni Trapattoni's corner after helping the Republic of Ireland to a resounding 4-1 World Cup qualifier victory in the Faroe Islands.

Jamie Roberts has yet to sign a new deal with Cardiff and is wanted by French clubs

Cardiff battle to keep Roberts in Wales

Cardiff Blues are showing more backbone in the fight to retain the services of the Lions centre Jamie Roberts than they displayed in their Heineken Cup surrender to Sale three days ago.

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Robbie Keane says Republic of Ireland must stick together amid Giovanni Trapattoni speculation

Robbie Keane has called for a united front in Torshavn tonight as Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni hangs grimly onto his job.

Scotland prop Euan Murray

Euan Murray 'excited' to join Worcester

Sunday sport does not suit the destructive Scotland scrummager Euan Murray, whose devout Christian beliefs mean more to him than a game of rugby, so his decision to make Worcester his next port of call makes sense. The Midlanders do not much like Sabbath matches either – their home games at Sixways are invariably played at the start of the weekend rather than the end of it – so Murray's return to these shores from a brief loan spell with the French club Agen was always going to be of interest.

August 11, 2012: Mo Farah celebrates his 5000 metres victory in the Olympic Stadium

BOA vow Team GB will try to top London 2012 medal tally at Rio 2016

The British Olympic Association today vowed Great Britain would do everything possible to top their amazing Olympic medal haul from London 2012 at the next Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Lawrence Okoye lets the Olympic Stadium in on how happy he is to go through

One throw left, then Okoye did OK. You probably heard

At 6ft 5in, Lawrence Okoye measures up to Usain Bolt in physical stature and, at 20st 6lb, the Croydon discus thrower certainly outweighs the Jamaican sprinter. And when it comes to the Olympic celebration game, this former "Schoolboy Lomu" can eclipse the Lightning Bolt too.

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